Keith Haring – Artistic and Social Criticisms of Policies on Apartheid, AIDS and Other Important Social Issues
“When I’m sad, I color the world . . . I color a lot.” – me. I said that.
Artworks by Keith Haring:
Why would I start a post about Keith Haring with my own artistic statement?
Because that’s what Keith Haring did, and I think that’s what he’d continue to do if he was alive today.
Haring had a habit of drawing on top of other people’s things:
(Click on the images if you wish to view them individually or larger.)
I think it would be incorrect to label Haring as primarily altruistic. He had selfish reasons inherent in his art. But his purpose was not simply conceit, narcissism, or self-promotion. When I was beginning to learn what all the fuss was about “Art,” Haring was at the height of his fame & notoriety. He was living a hated lifestyle, fighting for unpopular causes, and . . . dying from a woefully US Government-ignored and US culturally-ignored disease: AIDS.
Like other artists, Haring was ahead of his time, using “simple” graphic artistic statements to make complex social and political statements. He used public displays to fight for almost certainly unwinnable causes:
By at least 1988, Haring had learned he tested positive for the HIV Virus. He created all of the following artworks from 1988 to 1990:
This mural on the Church of Sant’Antonio in Pisa entitled “Tuttomondo,” was his last public project in 1990.
I think when Keith Haring was sad, he colored the world.
He colored a lot.
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